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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Jun 2, 2006 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Grateful Dead

Hi. I recently have delved into the Dead and i'm loving every bit of it. Unfortunately the only time I have access to a computer is while I am working, so I use up my lunch break listening to various shows. I know it would take me a while to get comfortable with some of the songs, and ultimately have them appeal to my ear, in order to create easy listening, but what are some songs that immediately stood out to you when you first began to listen? I really have started to like "Eyes", "FOTD", "Fire on the Mountain", "Scarlet Begonias", "Ripple", "Cassidy", "Jack Straw", "The Golden Road", and a lot of others.. but I feel like it is going to be hard to get into some of their songs. I know that sounds stupid, and that it's just a matter of time. It's not the fact that they (the Dead) are unconventional.. I have had no problem getting into bands like that.. but its the fact that I can't hear much of them because of the circumstances of my current situation. I also have no one else to talk to about the Dead, which kind of sucks. It's hard to enjoy something so much, then only have yourself to turn to when the song is over.

This post was modified by Max Chorak on 2006-06-02 20:46:28

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Poster: blkpeter1 Date: Jun 2, 2006 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

Hey, friend I know how you feel, theres so much to listen right, its kind of hard to breathe. So anyways I remember when I first got on. Man sure does bring forth memoeries. If I was you I would start from the beginning. But you know its really your own path you gotta make the steps. Thats the nice thing about this adventure. But if you like you can mail me at sean_brdly@yahoo.com and I'll run you down a list of my favs. I know a great sugaree you should take a look at, hey thats it start out small. Well take care and you got a buudy here to to it over.
cheers

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Poster: dadehade Date: Jun 3, 2006 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

I love the July 1982 Manor Downs,TX show the day before Jerry's birthday. Check it out when time allows.

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Poster: matt austin Date: Jun 2, 2006 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

I'd just check out a really popular show like 5-8-77. Its a great beginners show. Lots of tight jamming, etc. There is so much out there, and its so subjective that its hard to say what you'll like. I seem to go through phases - sometimes I'm all about '77. Then I'll start listening to '73 and realize that's really where its at. Then I'll get into some of the '85 shows and really dig them. Are you into the spacey jamming? Look for some long Playin' in the Bands from '73. Are you into a rockin' good time? Look for some smokin' first sets from '83. Good huntin'. One way to look is search the forums for some of the older posts, they'll point you in the right direction. Some of the most prolific posters seem to have the right idea - some swear by Dr. Flashback, oh, who else? You'll find them, if not, just ask here. Plenty of heads who'll love to get you going. Peace Pot and Microdot.

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Poster: matt austin Date: Jun 3, 2006 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

Hey, Max. I'd also like to invite you to participate in a time-honored tradition of trading. Send me your physical addy to mjzia(at)yahoo.com and I'll see if I can fire off a couple of CD's to get you started - you do have a CD player at home? Peace, Matt.

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Poster: StrawRider Date: Jun 3, 2006 8:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

Way to go, Matt!

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Jun 5, 2006 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

Wow.. here I was thinking I'd get flamed for my ignorance but you guys are a lot of help. Tell me..why don't i see "Ripple" in set lists, but only on AB? I recently had a talk with my stepfather (I'm 18) and we were talking about Rush Limbaugh, and his drug use came up.. we both hate him.. but I mentioned that he said Jerry had "destroyed his life on drugs." and that we should look over our priorities more...and then Rush gets caught up in his own deal.. but anyways he told me he went to about 30-40 Dead shows and we got to talk about them. First tangible person i've been able to talk to regarding the Dead. We shared facts that we knew, and it was an enlightening conversation, just like this forum. Thanks for all of your guys empathy and support.

P.S. I would like to buy some DVD's with a lot of live footage.. what are some titles you would recommend?

This post was modified by Max Chorak on 2006-06-05 15:49:23

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Jun 5, 2006 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

"The Closing of Winterland" and "Dead Ahead" DVD's are great starts

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Jun 5, 2006 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

Matt,

System Admin says your e-mail addy is bunk. Can you confirm or deny this? :P

Thanks in advance,

Max

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Poster: matt austin Date: Jun 5, 2006 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

mjzia2004@yahoo.com. Maybe I left something out.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jun 2, 2006 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

if i was you i would go to your local music store, hopefully its not wal mart! and look for anything live. from the grateful dead.be sure to check out the music dvd section also! good luck.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jun 2, 2006 11:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead

I was walking on the back lawn at Lowell High school when it happened...

a frizzed-out long haired dude was playing his mono Craig cassette deck (2- D battery powered), and a song with a quiet tinkly opening gradually turned into a thunderous riff that hooked me right in...

I asked what it was, and found out it was St. Stephen by the Grateful Dead, that the guy had taped at a recent live show, in 1970.

The sound though primitive, was just what I was looking for... celtic folk like Donovan ("Hurdy Gurdy Man") or Deep Purple ("Hush")yet with a fat-bottomed country blues rockin' boogie bomp, like the Buffalo Springfield (""Hung Upside Down") or Rolling Stones ("Honky Tonk Women").

I had been listening to top 40 radio since '62, but even as an instant Beatlemaniac never felt the urge to actually see a live show.

But something about that tape, that just anybody could make a recording right on the spot; and that song, St. Stephen, left me wanting to take the plunge.
I had to go alone with no help from any friends inside that forboding palace of hippie freakdom.
Up til then I had just riden past the Carousel Ballroom/Fillmore West (at Market and Van Ness).

I went to the upcoming Dead concert,
the first live dance concert I ever went to, in April 1970.

2nd on the bill was this strange jazz trumpet player I had never heard before who did these stacatto-like walk up to the mike and blow, then he'd walk off the stage frenzied, yet deliberate expressions...

that horn dog was Miles Davis, playing on the same night as those maniac cowboys in the Dead...
When they took the stage, they one-lined Zap comix-type improvised banter.

They made people who were alone out in the dark feel at home.
Especially Pigpen.

Listen to live versions of St. Stephen from mid to late 1968 especially, though it has many great versions throughout 1969-1970 as well.
From there, you're on your own.

You're never all alone singing along with:

Golden Road, Cryptical Envelopement, Alligator, Caution, Saint Stephen, The Eleven, Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones, Me and My Uncle, Bertha, The Wheel,

Mission In The Rain, Unbroken Chain, Franklin's Tower, Dire Wolf,

I Hear A Voice Calling, Turn On Your Lovelight, Hard To Handle,

Scarlet Begonias, I Know You Rider, Cold Rain And Snow, Morning Dew,

He Was A Friend Of Mine, Keep Rolling By, China Cat Sunflower,

The Other One, Viola Lee Blues, Stealin', Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, Ripple,

Alabama Getaway, New Speedway Boogie, Cosmic Charlie, Truckin',

Attics Of My Life, Cold Jordan, And We Bid You Goodnight.




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